St John’s CE  Primary School

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The School’s SEND Information Report


Our Ethos

St John’s is a church school that promotes Christian values in every aspect of school life. We provide an education of the highest quality and encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, promoting Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.

At St John’s we believe that all children have the right to a rich and broad curriculum in a happy and safe environment. We aim to supply all children with life long skills to enable them to progress through their education and into adulthood having achieved their full potential. 

We are therefore fully inclusive and we strive to meet the needs of all pupils and their families, including those with special educational needs. We expect that children are offered inclusive teaching which allows them to make the best possible progress as well as being a valued member of the school community. The support that we provide is bespoke for each child and is planned as a result of thorough assessments by internal and external agencies.

Our work with you and young people

Head Teacher:

Mr Jonathan Furness is responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision for pupils with SEND along with the Deputy Head teacher Mrs Alison Tinker.


Class Teacher:

The class teacher is responsible for:

  • Adapting and refining the curriculum to respond to the strengths and needs of any pupil with SEND in their class.
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering additional support.
  • Contributing to devising personalised learning plans (One Plans), where appropriate, to focus on next steps required to improve your child’s learning.
  • Ensuring quality first teaching and differentiation for pupils with SEND. 


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo):

Mrs Heather Mills is responsible for:

  • Coordinating provision for children with SEND and developing the school’s SEND policy. 
  • Ensuring parents are involved in supporting their child’s learning.
  • Keeping parents informed about the range and level of support offered to their child.
  • Including parents/carers in reviewing how their child is doing.
  • Using a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome difficulties.
  • Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs.
  • Supporting planning which takes into account individual pupil needs and requirements. Differentiation will be planned in a range of ways to ensure that pupils can experience success and challenge in their learning.

SEND Governor:

Corinne Conway-Long is responsible for supporting the school to evaluate and develop quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEND across the school.


Staff Expertise:

An ongoing programme of training is in place to ensure that teachers and learning support staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge in areas that will improve their teaching and support of children with SEND. Our SENDCo has extensive knowledge of current local and national initiatives and policies that support pupils with a range of different needs. 



We assess learners continuously in order to track progress and make any necessary interventions. Children with Education, Health and Care plans /One Plans have their progress monitored and new targets are introduced as needed. Teachers and Teaching Assistants meet regularly with the SENDCo to discuss children’s progress.



The quality, appropriateness and impact of the overall provision are kept under regular review. The school will use its available budget to meet the needs of all pupils.



The curriculum is adapted to ensure all children with SEND have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of school life, including out of school activities.


Our Partnerships:

The school is a member of Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust (EFSPT) which provides a network of support and access to a range of resources and professional advice for children with SEND. These include:

  • Play Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Early intervention and support for attendance


The school works closely with a range of professionals for specific needs, including:

  • Educational Psychologists/Inclusion Partners
  • School Nurse
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Occupational Therapists/Physiotherapists
  • Vision Impaired/Hearing Impaired/Physical and Neurological Specialists
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • FACss )Family and Child support services)
  • SAS (Statutory Assessment Service)



A range of policies are available on the school’s website, or we can provide copies on request. These include: SEND policy; Home-School Agreement; Safeguarding; Complaints procedure; Behaviour policy; Equal Opportunities policy; Child Protection policy; Disability and Equality policy; Accessibility policy.


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Additional support and information:

For further information about the School’s offer, please contact the office by phone: 02085042934; or email

This is reviewed annually – last review December 2020